Trainer Freddie Roach says avenging losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez are the top items on Manny Pacquiao’s to-do list, but believes the Filipino will one day face Floyd Mayweather.
But Hall of Fame trainer Roach said Pacquaio’s legacy depends more on turning the tables on the two opponents who beat him in 2012 than on a belated, late-career tilt at Mayweather.
“In the history books you have to avenge your losses, you have to avenge your losses in life,” Roach said on Wednesday at his Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, where Pacquiao’s media workout drew a throng.
Pacquiao, the former world champion in eight weight divisions, will get his shot at retribution against Bradley in Las Vegas on April 12.
Both fighters are calling it a chance for redemption, after Bradley beat Pacquiao by a controversial split decision in June 2012 – a bout that many observers thought Pacquiao had dominated.
“We feel we got robbed in the last fight – now we need to be sure that we get the victory,” said Pacquiao, 35, who will be fighting to regain the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown he surrendered to Bradley.
Six months after losing to the American, Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round by Mexico’s Marquez in the fourth bout between the two.
If Pacquiao beats Bradley and Marquez beats American Mike Alvarado in May, a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight could be on the cards.
“I’m not thinking about the next fight,” Pacquiao stated. “I’m thinking about this fight.”
However, Pacquiao can never escape speculation about a matchup with unbeaten Mayweather.
In late 2009 and early 2010, Pacquiao and Mayweather were considered the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters and record profits were expected from a showdown.
But a disagreement over pre-fight blood testing scuttled talks. Mayweather vowed never again to do business with Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, but the subject never goes away.
“I’ve thought about it so much, I’ve had dreams about that fight,” Roach said.
While he added that it seems to be “getting further away instead of closer” Roach added that he thought it would happen simply because there are so few big-draw opponents for Mayweather and Pacquiao as they seek to extend their careers and cement their legacies.
“The pool’s very small for both guys,” Roach said. “Somewhere they’re going to have to fight each other.”
Party with boxing’s legends
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its first event of the year, a fund-raiser designed to bring the boxing community together entitled “Party With Boxing’s Legends” on April 11 at the Havana Room of The New Tropicana in Las Vegas.
Already confirmed to attend are seven former world champions including 2014 NVBHOF inductee Cornelius Boza-Edwards, and 2013 inductee Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum.
Other champions that are on hand include Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley and Clarence “Bones” Adams.
Two inductees in the officials class, referees Richard Steele and Kenny Bayless, will also be present to speak to fans, as will trainer inductee Miguel Diaz.
NVBHOF Founder and President Rich Marotta said: “We are excited to kick off our 2014 events and especially thrilled to be hosting this event at the all-new Tropicana resort in Las Vegas.
“Fans will absolutely be blown away by the Havana Room – not only is it one of the most elegant and unique Las Vegas event venues, but it’s the perfect backdrop for this night of fun and fundraising,” Marotta continued.
“With the Pacquiao-Bradley fight the next night, and the ESPN Friday show earlier that night, we are hoping boxing fans in Vegas take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage boxing legends up close.” AFP